Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Greg Parker for Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner. There’s a fundamental difference between Parker and his opponent: Parker listens to people while his opponent does not.
Parker has made clear in candidate forums and public speeches that he’ll “do the will of the people.” He’s not an elitist who thinks he knows better than the citizens how our government should operate. On County spending, government salaries, tollroads, ethics reform, nepotism, elimination of conflicts of interest, and mobility, Parker has listened.
Parker actually is the most experienced candidate in the Republican Runoff Election. He served two terms as a County Commissioner in Comal County where New Braunfels is the county seat. Parker’s reputation there was also that he was a great listener to the will of the people and that he became a leader on the Commissioners Court as a result. Current and former Comal County officials have only positive comments about Parker’s work as a Republican County Commissioner there.
The citizens of Commissioners Precinct 2 must face one of the most terrible mobility problems in the Greater Houston area. Rather than engaging in any mobility planning, Precinct 2’s leaders have delivered poorly-maintained roads, roads with insufficient lanes, and new large residential housing areas without the road capacity to support them.
The TX 249 Tollroad is certainly one of the giant road issues in this electoral contest. Whether you support construction of that tollroad or not, there’s no question that it should be a much lower priority than the widening of F.M. 1488 from the Waller County line to Mostyn Manor, the widening of F.M. 1774, the widening of F.M. 2978, the widening of Hardin Store Road, and the construction of the overpass on F.M. 149. Those projects have gone by the wayside while Parker’s opponent has spent more than $13 million of County tax money on the tollroad. It’s symbolic of the misplaced priorities of Parker’s opponent who has placed outside-of-county vendors and developers ahead of the interests of the citizens of Precinct 2.
Parker has a remarkable background. He’s a military veteran who utilized his veteran’s benefits to obtain an outstanding education. Parker has a B.A., a Masters in Public Administration, and is working on a Doctorate in Public Policy. He was a close ally of Governor Rick Perry and is the author of two very entertaining conservative books. Parker clearly has the ability and interest in providing creative solutions to the problems of Precinct 2.
With that fine background, however, there is nothing aloof or uppity about Greg Parker. He’s married to a hardworking lady who supports his beliefs. He’s fun to be with. He’s considerate of others. He’s not in the least bit self-centered.
Greg Parker is not a perfect human being; none of us are. If you’re looking for that person, you should find Him in the Four Gospels.
Greg Parker is a nice intelligent guy with an outstanding background and the necessary open mind to bring the reform to the office of the Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner that the citizens of Precinct 2 very much deserve. Unlike his opponent, Parker is not facing a criminal indictment for official misconduct which, if convicted, would lead to his removal from office.
For the purpose of full disclosure, Eric Yollick has contributed $2,200 to Greg Parker’s campaign.